A brilliant service started by an inspirational builder

After 20-plus years running a construction business; first as a builder then a developer, Adrian Wild, our Managing Director realised that for the small to medium building firm to survive, let alone thrive, it would have to speed up and embrace technology. With nothing on the market fitting the bill, Adrian went on to develop HBXL’s range of software. It now helps thousands of builders across the UK – and through our team of construction specialists using this same software, we provide a one stop shop for estimates and plan drawings.

Adrian Wild, Managing Director

Managing Director and founder of Cost My Self Build, Adrian was a builder for 25 years and has built 80+ houses and 300 extensions. Fed up with a lack of software suitable for his size business, he developed his own estimating package EstimatorXpress. Adrian is an ideas man and has launched a whole range of software products.

To contact Adrian email hello@costmyselfbuild.co.uk.

Tom Crozier, Operations Manager

Tom, who has a degree in Business IT, used EstimatorXpress at the small building firm he worked for. He got on so well with the software that when it was time to move on and the opportunity arose, he happily accepted our offer to carry on using EstimatorXpress for us! Tom also had experience of designing with CAD software in a previous job, so all in all he was perfect for Cost My Self Build. He's been working with us for over seven years now. "You definitely experience a wide range of projects from small extensions to £1m developments." Tom explains.

To contact Tom email hello@costmyselfbuild.co.uk.

Simon Wild, Senior Estimator & Building Specialist

What doesn’t Simon know about estimating!? Simon had his own home extension building business in the late 90’s and we've been benefitting from his extensive building knowledge for over 15 years. Today all his time is spent producing quotes for our Estimating Service. Like all our experienced Estimators, Simon certainly knows his way round a plan. Simon commented, “This is great for me – it’s great to get to produce quotes on a daily basis – and the variety keeps us on our toes.”

To contact Simon email hello@costmyselfbuild.co.uk.

Tony James, Building Specialist

Tony has been in the building trade since 1966. He set up his own business and started using HBXL software to speed up his building operations.

He knows first hand that HBXL’s comprehensive quotes are good – they certainly won him work!

Tony has now handed the reins of his profitable business over to his son and son-in-law. Because of his confidence in the software, he found it easy to make the transition to working for our estimating service.

Tony says, “I enjoy discussing projects directly with the customer.”

To contact Tony email hello@costmyselfbuild.co.uk.

Darren Lee, Building Specialist (Subcontractor)

Darren is a former building contractor in a family business. He’s had over 20 years’ experience working within the construction sector. He’s been a site joiner, site manager, contracts/project manager and building company director.

As commercial director of the family business Darren was involved in all aspects of the business, including chief estimator and negotiator on all contracts.

He gained a vast amount of technical knowledge in relation to the structure and fabric of buildings, be it new builds, bespoke construction, extensions, conversions or renovations. Darren has relevant qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Darren says, “My years in the building business doing the very same work that the customers are doing means that I know what to ask and can interpret their requirements quickly and efficiently.”

To contact Darrenemail hello@costmyselfbuild.co.uk.

Ian Clark, Account Manager

Ian is the first port of call for our customers. He explains the process and liaises with the estimators.

"Once the customer has okayed the fee and supplied their order form there might be a couple of queries along the way which either I or the estimator will run through with the customer. On completion I'll email over the Microsoft Word and Excel files, plus the Gantt chart."

To contact Ian email hello@costmyselfbuild.co.uk.

Joe Walsh, Account Support Assistant

Joe provides support to Ian Clark the Account Manager to assist him in dealing with prospective and existing customers on the phone and by email as a second line of contact.

"I enjoy hearing about the various projects - big and small."

To contact Joe email hello@costmyselfbuild.co.uk.

Joanna Mulgrew, Sales & Marketing Director

Joanna has been with the company since it started. She grew up surrounded by the building industry. Her father was a builder and she's also renovated three properties. With a degree in marketing she now heads up the Marketing team, making sure everyone knows about Cost My Self Build!

To contact Joanna email marketing@hbxl.co.uk.

Jim Pizzey, Technical Director

Jim has lots of construction experience having worked on site and now develops the CAD and Estimating Software behind Cost My Self Build.

To contact Jim email support@hbxl.co.uk.

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